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Bird Sanctuary Bharatpur- Keoladeo National Park Bharatpur: It is a paradise and the pilgrimage for the bird lovers, In the British empire it was known as best duck shooting resort. But, in 1956 it was declared a reserve for birds and later upgraded to National Park. UNESCO has listed it as a world heritage site.

It is located on the main North - South avian route of India. Although small in size, 29 sq. km. only, it boasts to house more than 375 species of beautiful birds, and more than 132 of them breed inside the Keoladeo Ghana National Park and nearly every year new ones are added to the list. The sanctuary not only attracts birds from India but also from places like Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet.

Before mansoon hundreds of these exotic birds roost and nest building activities start on the babool and kadam trees of the park. Water coming through the Ajan Bandh starts filling the various ponds and lakes of the Park. When assured of enough food, hundreds of large, medium and little cormorant, darter, purple and Grey heron, various species of egret, painted, open-billed, white necked and black necked stork, white ibis, spoonbill, night heron and other birds get busy in courting and mating. The trees are over flowed with nests, one can observe a tree housing nests upto fifties and sixties in number belonging to different species of birds looking after their loving young ones. The nests on the trees look like pearl necklaces.

Gracious Saras cranes, the tallest flight birds nest in exposed and open area, both partners share the duty of hatching, while chanting incubating duties, they come together, raise their neckand give out shrill trumpetic calls in unison and at the same time fan their feathers. The newly born chicks are only 10 cm. in size but grows upto one meter in height within a year.

As the monsoons arrive birds from every part of the country start pouring into the park. Migratory water-fowls, including the pride of Keoladeo Siberian Cranes form the indispensable part of Park. The water-fowls visit the park in millions during the month of October. The most noticeable water-fowl coming to the park are barheaded and greyleg geese. The ducks spotted here are pintail, common teal, ruddy shelduck, mallard, widgeon, shoveler,common shelduck, red crested pochard, gadwall etc. predatory birds like imperial eagle, steppe and tawny eagle spotted eagle, marsh harrier and laggar falcon are attracted towards the park completing the avian food chain of the ecosystem. Some of them like short-toed eagle, lesser spotted eagle and shikra are the residents of Park.

About 11 sq. km. area of the park is covered with water the remaining portion is rich with Kingfisher, Red Vented and white cheeked Bulbuls, Babblers, Quails, Partridges, Sunbirds, Sparrows and Parakeets which live in bushes and burrows. The year round activity of the winged beauties has made the park a pilgrimage for bird lovers and an omithologists delight.

The animal populace also show their presence although they are thoroughly dominated by feathers, wings and beaks. The animals include the Black Buck, Sambhar - the largest Indian Antelope, Spotted deer, and Nigais. Pythons can also be observed at some places lazing in the sun.

Vehicles are only permitted upto Shanti Kutir inside the park. The Electra Van of forest department can be engaged in the sanctuary, although the best way to explore the park is on foot or bicycles which are available on hire. Cycle rickshaws can also be hired.

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  • Bhratpur Activities

    In Rajasthan, Bharatpur is one of the popular tourist destinations in India, especially for those who are interested in exploring natural beauty. With its history dating back to the epic age, more precisely the time of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, even history seekers would find the place luring them from the remotest corners of the world. In case you have planned a visit to Bharatpur in the near future and are wondering as to what to do and see therein, the information provided below would surely prove useful.

    Fun Activities to Do in Bharatpur:

    Indulge in Bird Watching: For bird sanctuary, Bharatpur is famous. It's also called Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The place boasts of as many as 375 species of birds, of which the most notable ones are Common Demoiselle, the rare Siberian Cranes, Boar Painted Storks, Egrets, Cormorants, White Ibis, Jacanas, While Harriers, Fishing Eagles, and Pied Kingfisher. The best times for bird watching at this sanctuary are August to November (for resident breeding birds) and October to February (for migrant birds).

    Discover the Rich Wildlife: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, unlike what its name suggests, is not home to birds only. Rather, it also boasts of rich and varied species of wild animals as well. For instance, you can easily spot blue bull (nilgai), black buck, spotted deer, sambhars, jackals, otters, and fishing cats at the place. Then, the sanctuary also houses snakes and reptiles, like pythons and monitor lizards.

    Explore the Rich Heritage: If you are one of those who love to delve into the past of a city and explore its rich heritage, then Bharatpur will surely not disappoint you. There are a number of historical places in the city that are worth visiting. For instance, you can explore Bharatpur Palace and Government Museum, which comes across as a blend of Mughal and Rajput styles. Then, there is Ganga Mandir, Laxman Mandir and Lohargarh Fort, all of which surely merit a visit.

    Go on a Safari: A visit to Keoladeo Ghana National Park, without going on a jungle safari, would be as good as wasted. So, do make sure to get up early in the morning and go on a wildlife safari. You are sure to come up with some of the most exciting sights in the bird sanctuary.

    Enjoy The Boating: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has been created around an artificial lake, Bharatpur (after which the sanctuary has been named). The beautiful lake not only attracts tourists, but is a favorite spot of the birds as well. So, don't forget to take a boat ride in the sanctuary and watch the birdlife from up close.

    Tips:

    • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary remains open throughout the year, from sunrise to sunset.
    • Vehicles are allowed go only up to Shanti Kutir, i.e. approximately 1.7 km inside the park. From there, you have to take a bicycle or cycle rickshaw.
    • In the monsoon season, when the water level in the sanctuary is high, tongas and boats are available from Shanti Kutir.

    Bharatpur Festivals

    Brij Festival Bharatpur: Bharatpur is one of the states in Brij Festival in Bharatpur Rajasthan which is founded in 1733 by Maharaja Suraj Mal. It is situated in the Brij region. Bharatpur was previously a walled city. It was also the capital of the Jats. The kingdom was ruled by Sinsinwar Maharajas. The states of Bharatpur, Dholpur and Deeg played an important role in the history of Rajasthan. Many fairs and festivals are held in the region, which are pretty famous. Brij Festival Bharatpur is one such festival which is also celebrated with much pomp and show. An overview of the entire festival is given below.




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